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Traverse-City is probably the most popular resort area in the state of Michigan, and it's easy to see why with it being in the midst of such natural beauty. The cherry-orchard studded hills of the Old Mission Peninsula, the endless beaches and Sleeping Bear Dunes, the mesmerizing blue waters of Grand Traverse Bay all make for a relaxing and exciting vacation experience. Recreation comes in all forms and any time of the year. Golf is one of the most popular activities in Traverse City, and the region is home to several beautiful and challenging courses. Boating, sailing, swimming and almost all other types of water sports are also very popular with access to Lake Michigan and several inland lakes so near. Try your hand at parasailing, windsurfing or jet skiing; the list goes on and on. Wintertime brings snowmobiling and cross-country skiing to the area. You can spend a whole day exploring the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, an awesome expanse of sand dunes, water and trees. There is a visitor center located in Empire, and the drive up the Lake Michigan coast through Leland to Northport is exceptional. Other points of interest in the Traverse City area include Clinch Park, the Spirit of the Woods Museum, the Dennos Museum Center and the village of Interlochen. The latter is home to the famous Interlochen Center for the Arts, which includes a summer arts camp, two large outdoor concert halls, an art gallery and a theater.

Surrounding areas: Long Lake, Michigan (7.4 mi), Spider Lake, Michigan (8.3 mi), Cedar, Michigan (10.8 mi), Interlochen, Michigan (11.0 mi), Lake Ann, Michigan (11.6 mi), Elk Lake, Michigan (13.2 mi), Maple City, Michigan (13.6 mi)

Traverse City Vacation Rentals

Traverse City Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Americinn Motel & Suites1614 US 31 NorthTraverse City, MI (231) 938-0288
Baymont Inn & Suites2326 North US 31 SouthTraverse City, MI (231) 933-4454
Bayshore Resort833 E Front StTraverse City, MI (231) 935-4400
Best Western Four Seasons305 Munson AveTraverse City, MI (231) 946-8424
Days Inn And Suites Traverse City420 Munson AveTraverse City, MI (231) 941-0208
Econo Lodge1065 M 37 STraverse City, MI (231) 943-3040
Fairfield Inn By Marriott--Traverse City3701 N County DrTraverse City, MI (231) 922-7900
Grand Beach Resort Hotel1683 N US Hwy 31 NTraverse City, MI (231) 938-4455
Great Wolf Lodge3575 N Hwy US 31 STraverse City, MI (231) 941-3600
Hampton Inn - Traverse City100 US 31 NTraverse City, MI (231) 946-8900
Hampton Inn1000 US 31 NorthTraverse City, MI (231) 946-8900
Knights Inn1941 US 31 NTraverse City, MI (231) 938-1900
Park Place Hotel300 E State StTraverse City, MI (231) 946-5000
Quality Inn1492 US 31 NTraverse City, MI (231) 929-4423
Sugar Beach Resort Hotel1773 N US Hwy 31 NTraverse City, MI (231) 938-0100
Sugar Beach Resort Hotel1773 US 31 NTraverse City, MI (231) 938-0100
Super 8 Motel1870 N US Hwy 31 NTraverse City, MI (231) 938-1887
Travelodge & Suites-traverse City460 Munson AveTraverse City, MI (231) 947-5436
Traverse Bay Inn2300 N US Hwy 31 NTraverse City, MI (231) 938-2646
Traverse City Courtyard3615 W S Airport RdTraverse City, MI (231) 929-1800
Traverse Victorian Inn461 Munson AveTraverse City, MI (231) 947-5525
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites3536 Mt Hope RdAcme, MI5.5 mi.(231) 938-2600
Sleep Inn And Suites5520 US 31 NAcme, MI5.5 mi.(231) 938-7000
Leelanau Country Inn149 E HBR HwyMaple City, MI13.6 mi.(616) 228-5060
Elk Rapids Beach Resort8975 N Bayshore DrElk Rapids, MI14.1 mi.(231) 264-6400
Century Farms2421 N Jacobson RdSuttons Bay, MI17.7 mi.(231) 271-2421
Torch Timbers Inn9260 Se Torch LK DrAlden, MI18.5 mi.(231) 331-4050
The HomesteadWood RDG RdGlen Arbor, MI20.6 mi.(616) 334-5000
Econo Lodge703 N Cedar StKalkaska, MI21.5 mi.(231) 258-9119
Shanty CreekOne Shanty Creek RdBellaire, MI24.9 mi.(231) 533-8621
Crystal Mountain12500 Crystal Mountain DrThompsonville, MI25.0 mi.(800) 968-7686
Best Western - Scenic Hill Resort1400 US 31 HwyBeulah, MI25.1 mi.(231) 882-7754
Crystal Beach Resort222 CTR StBeulah, MI25.1 mi.(231) 882-7229
Bed & Breakfast
Cairn House Bed & Breakfast8160 Cairn HwyElk Rapids, MI15.5 mi.(231) 264-8994

Traverse City Weather & Climate

The lake effect is quite strong on the northwest area of Lower Michigan near the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. This area has a distinct four-season climate, although Lake Michigan helps modify temperatures, keeping them cooler in late spring and early summer, and warmer during late fall and winter. Showers and thunderstorms are common in spring and summer, and precipitation is generally evenly distributed during the crop season of April through September, receiving an average of 17.45 inches of rain during that time. The lake also acts as a giant humidifier, increasing moisture content in the air throughout the year. However, extremely hot and humid summer days are not that common and don't last long in this part of the state. Snowfall varies greatly from season to season.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 27°F 14°F 2.98 in. -
February 30°F 13°F 1.79 in. -
March 39°F 21°F 1.98 in. -
April 53°F 32°F 2.72 in. -
May 67°F 41°F 2.30 in. -
June 76°F 52°F 3.32 in. -
July 81°F 57°F 3.14 in. -
August 78°F 57°F 3.39 in. -
September 70°F 49°F 3.58 in. -
October 58°F 39°F 2.94 in. -
November 43°F 30°F 2.67 in. -
December 32°F 20°F 2.66 in. -

Traverse City Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Cherry Capital airport (TVC) located about 1 mile southeast of Traverse City, the Manistee County Blacker airport (MBL) located approximately 45 miles southwest of Traverse City in Manistee, Michigan, the Otsego County airport (GLR) located roughly 47 miles east of Traverse City in Gaylord, Michigan, and finally the Pellston Regional Of Emmet County airport (PLN) located around 68 miles northeast of Traverse City in Pellston, Michigan.

Traverse City Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Funland Amusement ParkShelby TownshipMI87.7 mi.
Water Parks
Michigan's Wild Water Adventure Water ParkMuskegonMI110.1 mi.
Golf Courses
Bay Meadows Golf CourseTraverse CityMI 
Cedar Hills Golf CourseTraverse CityMI 
Crown Golf CourseTraverse CityMI 
Elmbrook Golf CourseTraverse CityMI 
Mitchell Creek Golf CourseTraverse CityMI 
High Pointe Golf ClubWilliamsburgMI10.4 mi.
Interlochen Golf ClubInterlochenMI11.0 mi.
Mistwood Golf CourseLake AnnMI11.5 mi.
Elk Rapids Golf CourseElk RapidsMI13.7 mi.
Veronica Valley Golf CourseLake LeelanauMI15.9 mi.
Grandview Golf ClubKalkaskaMI21.3 mi.
Timber Wolf Golf ClubKalkaskaMI21.3 mi.
Twin Birch Golf ClubKalkaskaMI21.3 mi.
Dunes Golf ClubEmpireMI22.2 mi.
Pinecroft Golf PlantationBenzoniaMI24.6 mi.
Bellaire Golf ClubBellaireMI24.9 mi.
Chief Golf CourseBellaireMI24.9 mi.
Farm Golf ClubBellaireMI24.9 mi.
Hawks Eye Golf ClubBellaireMI24.9 mi.
Briar At Mesick Golf & Country ClubMesickMI25.3 mi.
Champion HillBenzoniaMI25.4 mi.
Emerald Vale Golf ClubMantonMI26.6 mi.
Lakes of the North Deer Run Golf CourseMancelonaMI28.7 mi.
Windmill Farm of MancelonaMancelonaMI28.7 mi.
Ski Areas
Sugar Loaf ResortCedarMI10.8 mi.
The Homestead ResortGlen ArborMI20.6 mi.
Crystal MountainThompsonvilleMI23.3 mi.
Shanty CreekBellaireMI24.9 mi.
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf ResortCadillacMI36.6 mi.
Boyne USA ResortsBoyne FallsMI44.2 mi.
Treetops SylvanGaylordMI49.5 mi.
Nubs NobHarbor SpringsMI55.4 mi.
Riverview HighlandsRiverviewMI90.7 mi.
Apple MountainFreelandMI112.9 mi.
Pando Ski CenterRockfordMI113.4 mi.
Cannonsburg Ski AreaCannonsburgMI118.1 mi.
State Parks
Traverse City State ParkMI3.4 mi. 
Interlochen State ParkMI12.1 mi. 
D H Day State ParkMI21.9 mi. 
William Mitchell State ParkMI37.5 mi. 
Dennos Museum CenterTraverse CityMI(Multidisciplinary)
Zoos and Aquariums
North Eastern Wisconsin ZooGreen BayWI119.5 mi.

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